Cafe and Dining …”and people” – the coziest cafe in Shibuya!

I’ve been living here in Japan for about 2 years now, so I have been to a lot of really awesome places while I’ve been here.  Some of those places were rather hidden and I found them by a total coincidence,  some of them were shown to me by my lovely Japanese friends.  Actually, I would have never expected Shibuya to have such a lovely cafe as the one I want to show you here.  If you plan on visiting Tokyo or you live here and haven’t had a chance to go there yet – put it on your bucket list!

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 It’s about 5 minutes on foot from Shibuya Station (Hachiko exit). All those narrow streets of Shibuya can be quite confusing if you don’t go there every single day, and even though I have been to that cafe a handful of times, I still had to use the map to find my way there. If you see a cool looking building on your left, congratulations! you are now a minute away from the cafe! You’ll see some interesting graffiti on your way to your ultimate destination. I don’t know what’s the intended message, but it looks pretty flipping awesome.

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THE CAFE

and people

新東京ビル 10−2 Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0042

Their website: andpeople.co.jp

What they say about themselves on their website:

“and peopleは『風や緑を感じられるカフェ』 
をコンセプトにくつろぎの居場所になれたら、そんな思いでオープンしました。 
ベランダの窓をすべて取り、店内とテラスの境を無くし、 
ランチタイムには太陽と風を感じながら…夕暮れとともに約70個のキャンドルが揺らめき、 
緑に囲まれたテラス席やユッタリと包み込まれるソファー席で 

『外国なのか、日本なのか…』 
『友人の部屋なのか、店なのか…』 

そんな浮遊感の中でさりげない時間がゆったりと流れる “居場所” を目指しています。”

/a very liberal translation/

“Going with the concept of a place where you can experience nature, a place where you can relax; we opened and people.  With our open verandas where you can enjoy the sun and feel the light breeze during the day…with over 70 candles shimmering in the twilight…with the terrace decorated with greenery and the relaxing embrace of our sofas, we aim to make you wonder:

“Am I in a foreign country, am I in Japan?”

“Or am I in my friend’s room…or in a cafe?”

…and in this feeling of floating, where the time goes by slowly, you will think “it’s a place where I belong / I can be me”

Touching.

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If you get cold, you can use one of the blankets provided. How lovely ♥

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I’m wondering if the decoration actually tells a story or is just a random mish-mash of things the owner found in music shops and vintage second hand stores. Well, doesn’t matter, it’s awesome.

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 Elvis altar…

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 MENU (click on the pic to enlarge) or check it here → andpeople.co.jp/menu

What I liked most about this cafe was their amazing range of drinks and beer cocktails. In Japanese convenience stores we can find all types of sweet cocktails like Strawberry & Peach & Mango & Calpis chuhai etc. but to my surprise, there are no fruit beers! I really miss Polish raspberry, apple, black currant flavoured beers…And I found a wide range of beer cocktails here at this cafe, which is the second best thing! White peach beer, cassis cranberry beer, maple beer, orange beer…YUMMY HEAVEN!

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Let’s take a quick peek upstairs…

(I took these photos on 3 different days, that’s why the light outside is different)

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Upstairs there are some lovely puffy sofas…

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…and as it gets darker outside, hundreds of lights and candles are lit, creating a totally warm and cozy atmosphere.

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Sakura Latte

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Bergamoth Fruit and White Peach Beer

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A lovely place, isn’t it! I really recommend it, if you miss this European charm.

If you go there once, you’ll definitely be back.

Thanks for reading!

Well…Hello!

Who am I?

I’m a 23 year old Polish girl living her Tokyo dream since the 12th of July, 2012. My first memories?  The city lights, the sweet smell of a humid summer,  the singing cicadas, the stray cats in Nippori, geeky Akihabara, the colourful people of Harajuku, fashionable Omotesando and the cozy cafes of Koenji. I love exploring Tokyo, traveling in Japan, finding new places. This is the place that makes me truly happy.

日本に住んでる23歳のポーランド人です。2012年7月12日に初めて日本に来てから、幸せな生活が始まりました。

日本に初めて来たときの最初の印象 → 街の明かり、湿度の甘い匂い、谷中銀座の野良猫、原宿を行き交うカラフルな人々、オシャレな表参道、高円寺の可愛いカフェ。

このブログでは、東京のそんな楽しい日常の中で見つけた日本の面白い場所や、美しい所、又 ちょっぴり変テコで独特な物や場所を私の視点で私なりに紹介したいと思います!

 よければ見てくださいね♪

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What will I be blogging about?

 

 

Awesome places

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Madosh Cafe, Omotesando. Delicious avocado dishes and a lovely pug keeping the guests company (also little dwarf figurines flipping fingers…hmm).

1.これは表参道にあるMadosh Cafe というアボカド料理レストランです。 時々お店には看板犬のパグがいる時もあります。

American burger place in Kita-Senju. I found it by a total coincidence and fell in love with its vintage interior and photos of Elvis, Marylin and the Beatles all over the place.

2.ここは北千住で偶然見つけたアメリカンバーガーのカフェ。素敵なヴィンテージ家具や飾り付けが本場のカフェに行ったみたいな気持ちにさせてくれます。

Church themed restaurant in Shinjuku. They have real soutanes and altars. If that doesn’t convince you to go, then I don’t know what would.

3.新宿にあるキリストンカフェという、教会がテーマになっているレストラン。とってもユニークな雰囲気

Turkish restaurant in Yanaka Ginza, Nippori. Lovely atmosphere and super friendly service. And you can get a lamp like this for only 800 yen or so,

4.谷中銀座にあるトルコ料理のレストラン。料理が美味しくて、優しくてとてもフレンドリーな店員さんが接客してくれました。

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Tattoo studio La Ruche, Shinjuku 5-Chome. I got my old tattoos fixed and new tattoos done there – I trust them entirely.

1.これは新宿5丁目にあるLaRucheというタトゥースタジオです。タトゥーを入れたい人におすすめ!

Jiyugaoka, O’Carolans Pub. It doesn’t feel like Japan at all, and sometimes that’s exactly what expats need. Pint of Guiness for 900 yen though.

2.これは自由が丘にあるO`Carolansというアイリッシュパブです。ホームシックになったときに、そこに行くのは一番楽しいと思います。

Beautiful Art Aquarium exhibition in Nihonbashi. Ambient music, laser lights and fishbowls (and who doesn’t love that?)

3.これはアートアクアリウムです。レーザーライトや、心が落ち着く音楽が流れていて、すごく美しい空間でした。

The coziest place in Shibuya, a lovely cafe full of candles and flowers. Veranda swings and sakura latte, two good enough reasons to go.

4.これは渋谷にあるand peopleというかふぇです。ヨーロッパっぽくて超かわいいです。

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Hairstyling and makeup

Nothing professional or fancy.

Just a hobby I enjoy on the days when I don’t need to put a suit on.

プロじゃないけど、休みの日には色んなメイクや髪型をしてみるのが好きです。

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Tattoos

I have always thought that tatooed bodies are beautiful. And yeah, all these babies are mine and there are still many more to come.

元々タトゥーを入れいてる人が美しいと思っていて、18歳の時に最初の星タトゥーを入れました。今24歳でタトゥーが10コになりました。入れたいタトゥーはまだまだたくさんあります。

Volunteering

I started volunteering at an orphanage (it’s a bit different in Japan though, I might explain some other time) in July 2013.  I don’t have much free time, but I always keep in mind that just a couple of hours for me means the world to them.

2013年の7月に児童養護施設のボランティアになりました。仕事としても子供に英語を教えるけど、英語の勉強をするチャンスがない子供達の事を考えて、ボランティア活動を始めました。

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Travelling

Before I moved to Japan, I have travelled to quite a few places. I have been to Slovakia, Hungary, Italy, France (Paris, Eze, Nice), Monaco, Holland, Ireland, Croatia. I have studied and lived in the UK for a year.

I went to South Korea, Seoul in November 2013. I travel in Japan from time to time and I’ll be sure to share lots of beautiful photos here! ~

日本に来る前、ヨーロッパ旅行をたくさんしました。行ったことがある国→スロバキア、ハンガリー、イタリア、フランス、モナコ、オランダ、クロアチア。一年間イギリスに住んでいてリーズ大学で勉強しました。

2013年の11月には韓国にも行ってきました。

I don’t know where I’ll be in a couple of years.

For now…I guess I’ll just stay here for a while and see where my life takes me.

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